CAT 2018 Official Notification & CAT website: 10 Important Points to Note before CAT Registration Starts

CAT 2018 Notification
Saturday, August 04 2018, 10:18 AM
With the release of CAT 2018 notification, the CAT official website has been activated by IIM Calcutta. It contains all the information in detail with all the key facts, registration process, exam schedule, structure and pattern of CAT 2018 exam to be held on November 25, 2018 in two sessions
“CAT website contains a section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding CAT 2018” Dr Sumanta Basu CAT 2018 exam convener and faculty at IIM Calcutta

Simultaneously with the release of CAT 2018 notification, the CAT official website has been activated by IIM Calcutta. It contains all the information in detail with all the key facts, registration process, exam schedule, structure and pattern of CAT 2018 exam.

CAT 2018 exam date is November 25, 2018 for MBA admission 2019-21 at IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS, IITs, SPJIMR, MDI, IMI, TAPMI, XIMB among others. The exam will be held in Morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.

CAT 2018 is conducted by IIM Calcutta. It is expected that the exam will bring out some changes making the forthcoming CAT 2018 as the first of its kind of examination during past many years. TCS continues to be the testing partner for CAT 2018. High sectional and overall percentile in CAT 2018 will provide admission opportunity in 20 IIMs and other highly ranked B-schools in the country.

Dr Sumanta Basu, Convener CAT 2018 and faculty at IIM Calcutta suggests, “The CAT website contains a section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding CAT 2018. Candidates may also contact the CAT helpdesk over email or phone.”

You should diarise the 10 key points shared below, before the CAT 2018 registration begins on August 8 at 10AM.

  1. MBA Programmes at IIMs: Select your preferences Now!

There are 20 IIMs along with their programmes mentioned in the CAT 2018 notification. You will need to fill up the name of each IIM and its preferred programme in order of preference while applying for CAT 2018.

The CAT 2018 Official Notification contains all the programmes offiered by the IIMs. You should choose the preferred programme and preferred IIM and note them down in order of preference as is a difficult process and consumes more of your time when you begin completing your registration form. It is advisable to go through the IIM programmes mentioned in the CAT 2018 notification and note down your choice in order of preference so that you may quickly complete the registration process without any wastage of time when it starts on August 8, 2018.

Name of the IIMs
Programmes Accepting CAT 2018 Score
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, EPGP (IIMK, IIMK Kochi Campus)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
RGIIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam
  1. Check for your CAT 2018 Eligibility

You must check the eligibility criteria to appear in the CAT 2018 exam as published in CAT 2018 notification. Earlier CAT allowed the candidates with 2 years of university recognized graduate degree in old pattern as eligible to appear in the exam. The minimum prescribed percentage of marks in bachelor’s degree to appear in CAT is 50%. So ensure this one also.

If you are not eligible for CAT 2018, there is no need to go through the entire notification but if you are, you must check for the other information items also.

  1. Who is Not Eligible for CAT 2018?

For the first time you may find the type of candidates who are not eligible to appear in CAT exam clearly defined. IIM Calcutta has clarified that following candidates are not eligible to appear in CAT 2018 exam:

  • If you are not pursuing or completed your Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2018
  • If you have not completed any graduation course but you are in the final year of a professional course, you are not eligible for CAT 2018 exam.
  • If you have scored below 50% marks in graduation as a general category candidate and below 45% as SC/ST/PwD candidate you are not eligible for CAT 2018
  • If your Graduation degree is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt. of India, You are not eligible to apply for CAT 2018 

Read More on CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Cross Check CAT 2018 Date & Details

CAT 2018 Notification contains CAT exam date, exam sessions and all key details. If you have also applied to IIFT entrance exam or NMAT by GMAC, check whether the dates of CAT 2018 exam clash with other exams. If this is the case, you should immediately utilize the rescheduling facility for NMAT by GMAC and finalize which exam is more important to you.

Although CAT exam dates never collide with any other exam date, you cannot take it granted. While the CAT 2018 exam date is November 25, the IIFT exam date is December 2, 2018, however for NMAT by GMAC, you should reschedule your exam date, in case it falls on November 25.

  1. Have valid e-mail account & phone number for CAT 2018

CAT 2018 official notification contains clear instructions that CAT applicants will need a valid e-mail account and phone number throughout the CAT 2018 schedule. There will be messages, information and instructions from CAT Centre 2018 on your registered e-mail and phone number. Once you complete your CAT 2018 registration and application process, the flow of messages will begin from IIM Calcutta immediately. So, you need to create the valid e-mail account and remember not to discontinue it till the entire CAT exam process and selection process of IIMs and other B-schools in which you have applied is over.

Following activities will be promptly informed by way of SMS and e-mail to you by CAT Centre 2018 at IIM Calcutta:

  • Successful completion of CAT 2018 registration after making payment
  • Downloading of CAT 2018 Admit Card
  • Any instructions and changes regarding CAT 2018 exam, test venue
  • CAT 2018 result update and announcement
  • CAT 2018 percentile scored by you
  1. CAT 2018 Registration: Starts on August 8

Registration for CAT 2018 is to open on August 8, 2018 and will close on September 19, 2018. Please check for the exact opening and closing dates of CAT registration in the CAT notification. Other details on CAT registration process will be available on CAT official website.

You will be allowed to select 3-4 test centres in order of preference while completing your CAT 2018 registration form from the drop down menu. So before selecting the preferred test cities check the test centres.

Read Step by Step CAT 2018 Registration Process

CAT registration guide and registration video will be launched only on CAT website by IIM Calcutta to help IIM aspirants to know about the step by step registration process, how to register for the first time, how to fill up the CAT online application form, required documents and their size, how to upload your image, signature and mandatory documents and how to make payment of CAT 2018 registration fee.

  1. CAT 2018 exam Syllabus

The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation.  However, going by the past CAT exam pattern and topics on which questions are asked in CAT exam every year, a candidate can take the clue to prepare for CAT 2018 exam which will amount to preparing as per CAT syllabus.

Syllabus of CAT exam 2018 is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam. Past tendencies reflect that CAT exam syllabus and pattern overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics on these test sections..

  1. CAT 2018: Revised exam pattern

Details about revised exam pattern of CAT 2018, its sections, number of questions, type of questions are shared only on CAT website and not in CAT notification. Since the CAT exam pattern is reviewed every year by IIMs, there could be major or minor changes in CAT 2018 question paper which could be understood after going through the CAT website.

  1. CAT 2018 Mock: Only way to understand question pattern

Official CAT mock tests are the key source to understand the CAT exam pattern and CAT exam syllabus. The more you practice and study according to this structure and content, the better will be your CAT preparation. The official CAT Mock and other sectional quizzes can be practiced now.  IIM Calcutta proposes to enable next official mock test for CAT 2018 on October 22, 2018.

  1.  CAT 2018 Admit Card

CAT 2018 Admit Card will be available for download on October 24 at 1PM onwards. All the key instructions in regard to CAT 2018 Admit Card Download, exam day instructions, what to carry and what not to carry are contained on the CAT website. All the CAT aspirants who have registered and wish to appear in CAT 2018 should meticulously follow these important instructions.  

Read key instructions about CAT Admit Card

If you do this exercise before the CAT 2018 application process starts, you will save your time at the time of filling-up information in the CAT 2018 registration form. In case the filled up information is not saved, the entire effort will go waste and you will have to begin afresh. CAT Advertisement was released by IIMs on July 29, 2018.  Copy of the CAT Notification is shared below

You should note down the key documents you will need during the registration process. Instead of waiting for last few days, it is advisable to gather all the required documents in the beginning, keep operational unique mail id, keep the scanned images of your signature and photograph of required size and apply for CAT 2018 as early as possible.

Stay tuned to for more updates on CAT 2018